Tips for Choosing Live Tools

The smarter you are when choosing the live tools for your lathe, the more efficient your machine becomes.


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Custom tools, though usually dedicated to a particular application, can be the best live-tool solution.

When considering live tools for your lathe, should you choose standard ER output or quick change? Do you need coolant through the tool capabilities? Does the tool meet your requirements for precision and performance, including the necessary torque output to complement the machine? Are the tools designed according to the specifications of the lathe manufacturer? This article, written by Preben Hansen, president of Heimatec, Inc., offers some helpful suggestions and guidance.